Master Templates in Final Cut Pro

Master templates can be used in any number of sequences within any number of Final Cut Pro projects. If the Motion template is edited in Motion, any template clip that refers to that Motion template file is updated.

Adding Master Templates to a Sequence

You can add master templates to your sequence from four different locations within Final Cut Pro. When you edit a master template into a Final Cut Pro sequence, a template clip is created in the sequence. Each template clip can be adjusted independently, so you can uniquely customize the text and media parameters of each template clip in a sequence. Try out the following methods to see which one works best for you.

  • Master Template Browser: Choose Sequence > Add Master Template to open the Master Template Browser. From this window, you can perform an overwrite, insert, or superimpose edit with a master template directly into your sequence. This method provides the most options for editing a template in your sequence and allows you to see a preview of all the installed templates.
  • Master Templates bin in the Effects tab of the Browser: Double-click a master template to open it in the Viewer or drag a master template to the current sequence in the Canvas or Timeline. This is the quickest way to add multiple master templates to your sequence in one drag-and-drop operation.
  • Generator pop-up menu in the Viewer: In the Viewer, choose Master Template from the Generator pop-up menu, then choose a template from the submenu. This method opens a master template in the Viewer, which you can then edit into your sequence.
  • Master Templates submenu within the Effects menu: Choose Effects > Master Templates and then choose a master template. The template opens in the Viewer, which you can then edit into your sequence.

Working with Template Clips in Final Cut Pro

Because templates saved in Motion automatically appear in the Effects tab in Final Cut Pro, there is no need to specifically import templates into Final Cut Pro. You can edit a template clip just like any other clip in your project.

To open a master template or template clip in the Viewer
Do one of the following:
  • Select the master template, then choose View > Master Template.

  • Control-click a master template and then choose Open in Viewer from the shortcut menu.

  • Double-click a master template.

    The master template opens in the Viewer.

    You may edit certain properties of template clips in the Controls tab of the Viewer.

To replace the media in a drop zone
  1. Open the clip containing media you wish to replace in the Viewer.

  2. Select the Controls tab.

  3. Find the media you wish to replace.

  4. Drag the new clip into the image well in the Parameters column.

    The new media replaces what was previously in the drop zone.

To change the position of a drop zone
  1. Move the playhead to the clip containing drop zone you wish to move.

  2. Double-click the clip in the Timeline.

  3. In the Viewer, select the Controls tab.

  4. Find the media you wish to move.

  5. Click the point control for the drop zone you want to reposition.

    In the Canvas, a red center crosshair appears.

  6. Drag the crosshair to reposition the selected drop zone.

To edit the text in a text object
  1. Open the clip containing text you wish to edit in the Viewer.

  2. Select the Controls tab.

  3. Find the text object you wish to edit.

  4. Edit the text in the Parameters tab.

To change the size or tracking of a text object
  1. Open the clip containing media you wish to exchange in the Viewer.

  2. Select the Controls tab.

  3. Find the text object you wish to exchange.

  4. Use the slider or value field to set a new Text Size or Text Tracking value.

Making Changes to a Master Template in Final Cut Pro

While working in Final Cut Pro, you can quickly make changes to template clips in Motion by opening the master template in Motion. After you save the Motion template, any changes you made appear immediately in Final Cut Pro.

Important: When you make changes to a master template, you are editing the master template itself, and not template clips already in Final Cut Pro sequences. Any drop zone media changes already made in template clips remain intact. Customized text content remains the same, but updates made to the text font or style appear in template clips.

To open a master template from within Final Cut Pro
Do one of the following:
  • Select the master template and then choose View > Master Template in Editor.

  • Control-click a master template and then choose Open in Editor from the shortcut menu.

    The master template opens in Motion. Once you make changes in Motion and save the project, Final Cut Pro automatically reconnects the master template to the updated project so you can see the changes.

    If you do not use the Open in Editor command in Final Cut Pro to open a master template, Final Cut Pro may not automatically reconnect the master template if you resave it. In this case, you will have to manually reconnect the master template in Final Cut Pro to its project file.

To reconnect a master template to an updated Motion project
  • Initiate the master template update from within Final Cut Pro by selecting the master template and choosing View > Clip in Editor.

    This method informs Final Cut Pro that the master template may be updated, so it is automatically reconnected the next time you switch to Final Cut Pro.

  • Select the Always Reconnect Externally Modified Files option in the Editing tab of the Final Cut Pro User Preferences window.

    This method tells Final Cut Pro to automatically reconnect any modified media and project files when you switch to another application and then switch back to Final Cut Pro.

    If you have used a master template in a number of sequences, and you wish to make a change to the master template that is isolated to a single instance—and not universally replace the master template—you can make a copy of the master template.

To open a copy of a master template from within Final Cut Pro
Do one of the following:
  • Select the master template and then choose View > Copy of Master Template in Editor.

  • Control-click a master template and then choose Open Copy in Editor from the shortcut menu.

    A copy of the master template opens in Motion. Once you make changes in Motion and save the project, Final Cut Pro automatically reconnects that copy of the master template to the updated project so you can see the changes.

Using Float Precision with Motion Content in Final Cut Pro

When embedding Motion content in Final Cut Pro, you can take advantage of the rendering benefits of Motion’s 16- or 32-bit float rendering modes. To do this, go to the Video Processing tab of Sequence Settings in Final Cut Pro and enable “Render all YUV material in high-precision YUV.” Once this is set, Final Cut Pro forces Motion elements in the sequence to render in 32-bit mode.